Happening on MV,  Oct 10-12  (from the Vineyard Gazette)

Tuesday

Live Jazz Music
With Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson.
Tuesday, October 10 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

More dates through December 26, 2017

Offshore Ale Company
30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Tuesdays in the Newsroom: How I Took that Shot
The Vineyard Gazette’s popular Tuesdays in the Newsroom series returns for the season with a special event at Featherstone Center for the Arts. In conjunction with the Vineyard Gazette Photography: Eyes of the Island exhibit, many of the photographers featured in the show will be on hand to share stories behind some of their iconic and news photographs and answer your questions.

The event will be held in the Francine Kelly Gallery at Featherstone, where the exhibit is open daily from 12 to 4 p.m. through Oct. 22.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. for a short reception before the discussion.

The event is free, but advance registration is required.
Tuesday, October 10 at 5:30pm

Featherstone Center for the Arts
30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs

Wednesday

Oak Bluffs Walking Tour
The best way to see Oak Bluffs is by foot. Join us for an informative and entertaining walk around this quaint and colorful town. Highlights of the tour include the development of the Methodist Camp Meeting Association from tents to the storybook “Gingerbread Cottages,” the development of Cottage City and its many parks by the Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Co., the Overton House – known as the Summer Whitehouse of the Civil Rights Movement, Union Chapel, Ocean Park, Dreamland and the Flying Horses Carousel. Please call to reserve space.
Wednesday, October 11 at 10:00am to 11:30am

More dates through October 25, 2017

Tourist Information Booth Intersection Lake and Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Trivia Night
MC’d by Dan Cassidy. Call and reserve your team a table.
Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30pm

More dates through May 30, 2018

The Wharf Pub and Restaurant
3 Main Street, Edgartown

 

Live Music
With Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.
Wednesday, October 11 at 8:30pm to 11:30pm

More dates through November 1, 2017

The Ritz
4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Thursday

Live Music
With the Edbury All-Stars.
Thursday, October 12 at 7:00pm

More dates through November 2, 2017

The Ritz
4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Trivia Night
With host Dan Cassidy. Come have fun, eat and drink, and win big prizes!
Thursday, October 12 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

More dates through December 28, 2017

Barn, Bowl, & Bistro
13 Uncas Avenue, Oak Bluffs,

BBQ is Back on the Vineyard

Sea Smoke is bringing Texas-style BBQ to Martha’s Vineyard.  A few years ago, the owner of Smokin’ Bones-the Vineyard’s only BBQ restaurant-passed away and the restaurant closed.  The building remained vacant until this year when the owners of 7A in West Tisbury saw an opportunity to open a new BBQ in the tradition of Texas smoke houses.   In Texas, BBQ joints have “meat pits” where a patron orders delicious meat by weight.  Then you pick from a list of traditional sides like potato salad or mac and cheese.  The process is the same at Sea Smoke.  They have seating inside and out, plus a take-out window.  They also serve beer and wine.  Sea Smoke is located on Dukes County Road in Oak Bluffs, across the street from Tony’s Market.

Best of the Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine crowns the “Best of the Vineyard” every summer, and we want to be on that list.  If you would be so kind as to take a moment and go to this link to vote for Edgartown Commons in the Budget-Friendly and Family-Friendly Lodging categories we’d be ever so thankful.  And perhaps when you join us next summer you’ll see a “Best Of” certificate haning in our lobby!

Local Ingredients

One of the benefits of staying at Edgartown Commons is the fact that our units have kitchens where our guests can try their hand at making dishes with local ingredients.  But where do you find these ingredients?  There are lots of local shops and farm stands to try.   In edgartown, a short drive to the Farm Institute will provide you with grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured chicken and heritage breed duck.  Edgartown Seafood by cannonball park features locally caught seafood.  Black Sheep downtown offers some local cheeses in their inventory.  A new shop in Vineyard Haven called The Larder has meats from a local farm and vegetables and baked goods from the Scottish Bakehouse.  Farm stands exist in every town and the some of the seafood shacks in Menemsha Harbor will cook up a freshly caught lobster to be enjoyed on the dock.

Is Spring Early This Year?

Recent warm temperatures have the Island coming to life a few weeks earlier this year.  Last week we had the first report of the sound of “Pinkletinks.”   What’s a “Pinkletink”?  That’s our word for the swamp frogs who emerge from muddy hibernation around mid-March and begin singing for a mate.   Snow drop flowers have been in bloom for a while now and daffodiles look almost ready to bloom.    Migrating Starlings are very early this year forming roosts in Oak Bluffs just before sunset.  They gather together before starting a nighttime migration which helps them avoid other predatory birds.   But the one true sign of spring is just a few weeks away-the opening of the Dairy Queen in Edgartown.   On opening day, the grammar school will take students on a field trip there to fill up on frozen dairy goodness.   Yup, Spring is just about here.  Have you booked your stay with us yet?

Bay Scallops-Get While You Can

Have you ever tried the amazingly sweet bay scallop?  Unlike their “sea scallop” relative, bay scallops are small and grow in the many salwater ponds around the island and on the east coast.  They’re only harvested in the winter with the season starting in October and running as long as the population will support.  Sometimes that’s just a few weeks, other times a few months.   Many of the fishermen you see working the docks during the summer catching whatever fish is in season switch to scallops at this time of year.  So if you’re dining out and you see bay scallops on the menu, give them a try.  Who knows, maybe they came from Martha’s Vineyard.

Backyard Tacos

Late last season, we were pleasantly surprised to see a new take-out restaurant offering tasty, affordable fare. Backyard Tacos is located in the same building as Smooth Moves on Winter Street. Everything is made there with fresh ingredients. There’s an expanded deck with limited seating outside (hence the name “Backyard”) and they are opened seasonally. We anxiously await their reopening this spring. Plus they are just a short walk from Edgartown Commons. Check them out when you visit!

New Restaurant-Tin Hanger

It’s unusual to have a new restaurant open on the island this time of year.  But Tin Hanger opened just a few weeks ago and the place has been hopping.  It’s located in the building which most recently housed Flatbread, but is more well known as the old “Hot Tin Roof” nightclub.   They subdivided the space and winterized it and gave it a bright new makeover.  We’ve been and the food is terrific.  They say the menu will change but look for brick oven pizza, sandwiches and burgers and a smattering of hearty entrees.  The family who own the restaurant also own the liquor store next door which perhaps explains the great craft brew selection which will rotate through the year.  Prices are on the affordable side.